News & Analysis
Sydney energy startup Wattwatchers has raised $2 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), which administers the government’s Clean Energy Innovation Fund.
San Francisco-based experimentation startup Optimizely has announced its local expansion, opening a Sydney office from which it will look to grow into the Asia-Pacific region.
Vend has announced the appointment of former Yelp director Dave Scheine as the company’s new country manager for Asia-Pacific.
NSW Government has passed legislation to allow for the trial of automated vehicles on both city and regional roads across the state.
ASX-listed poker machine manufacturer Aristocrat has announced its acquisition of Israeli game development business Plarium for US$500 million ($667 million) in a bid to grow into the digital space.
The Victorian Government’s independent startup body LaunchVic has announced it is moving to terminate its partnership with troubled startup accelerator and fund 500 Startups on the heels of the resignation of Rachael Neumann.
Startup Onramp announced it is set to expand its program across regional Australia, with a second local program set to kick off in September.
Sydney startup Hometime, a property management service for the likes of Airbnb and other players in the short-term rental space, has raised $1.5 million in a seed round led by Asia Principal Capital (APC).
Slingshot and UoN have announced the launch of the Icon Accelerator Program, which will look to support startups working within NSW’s Hunter region.
WaggaWagga.tv has received a $15,000 grant from Jobs for NSW to help expand its broadcast network to locations across the regional Australia.
Australia Post has revealed the first organisations signed on to adopt the Digital iD system, including Airtasker, credit union CUA, and the Queensland Police Service.
Catapult Sports has announced the acquisition of SportsMed Elite and Baseline, two digital sportstech products from SMG Technologies, for $3.9 million.
Westpac has invested $40 million into ASX-listed zipMoney through a private share placement for a 17.11 percent stake in the company, with a further $8 million to be invested subject to performance.
Code Club Australia has announced the return of Moonhack for 2017, a campaign to see thousands of kids come together to code online.
Applications are open for Rocket Seeder, a new incubator program aiming to help Victorian-based startups in the food and agtech space further develop.